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Why is there is a
https://stackoverflow.com/ (home-page) and https://stackoverflow.com/questions?
The question is not
what is the difference between both URLs, which anyone can see but why. That is, whenever I log into the site I have one single purpose, see if there is someone facing a difficult, in an area or subject which I can help.
/question is the place to go for me. Instead, I think,
/question should be the home page. and all other "top of the week"/"best of the month" should move aside.
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Nov 4, 2009 at 6:14
The home page has a few different things on it such as badges recently awarded etc - and the most active questions for the week/month (instead of options to sort by time and votes).
I suspect the simple reason is:
isn't just questions. It's also tags, badges, and users. It therefore makes sense to have a /questions URL stem when looking at a specific question, and also when just looking at questions. You obviously need to have
something at the home page too.
Personally I very rarely look at the home page. It might make some sense for the home page and the questions page to be the same, but it's not really a problem IMO.
Nov 4, 2009 at 6:28
Jon Skeet Jon Skeet
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/questions page gives you more sorting options, plus a preview of question content.
Nov 4, 2009 at 6:28
Greg Hewgill Greg Hewgill
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That is, whenever I log into the site I have one single purpose, see if there is someone facing a difficult, in an area or subject which I can help.
Yeah, but not every body shares that same single scheme! Some cats gotta know what's
hip, what's hot, what's going on in the world - and the home page makes that happen!
Nov 6, 2009 at 8:36
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whywas there at the first place. besides, someone edited this question making it sounds like a dumb a*s question.